Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Favorite Sweets

In a previous post, I told you I like to bake. I thought I would share with you my three favorite holiday recipes. They are always around the Heynen house in December. By the way the cookies in the picture are ceramic.

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup Coconut

Mix the peanut butter, butter, and rice krispies together. Form into balls and roll in coconut. I like to store mine in the refrigerator and then put them on a plate for parties.

Peppermint Patties

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
4 cups confectioner's sugar
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening


Mix the milk and peppermint extract together in a bowl. Start adding the powdered sugar a little at a time. Keep adding the sugar until the mixture becomes a stiff dough that is no longer sticky. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten with your hands. I put them on wax paper on a cookie sheet and let them dry out for a couple of hours. Turning them over half way through will help.

In a separate bowl melt the chocolate chips. Add the shortening and stir until smooth. With a fork dip the patties into the chocolate. Lay them back onto the waxed paper to cool.

Yum...I'm hungry now :)


  1. Yum. I am copying down that Peppermint Pattie recipe. I have to go to a holiday party on Saturday and that might be just the thing! You are too much fun! Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. Christmans cookies are a big deal at our house. Unfortunately, I had to give up sugar and all dairy a few years ago, so I can't eat any, but I still like making them. My son helps me and having a kitchenaid makes quick work of the mixing. I think this year, we have made about 80 dozen so far and we till have some dough frozen in the freezer - we give them as gifts to friends and teachers and whatever is left by the 24th goes to a local restuarant that puts on an annual dinner for people in need or who have no where else to go.

  3. Erin, they are so yummy. Birkley asks for them all year round.

  4. Seriously 80 dozen? Wow! That's amazing

  5. The cookies look real!!

  6. Do you sell the ceramic cookies, too?

  7. Helen,
    I had some made up once, but not any more. Maybe I will make some cookie beads again at Valentines day. That's when I did it last time. They are a lot of work. They have little pieces of glass melted on top.

  8. jennifer,
    I love these two recipes! What is and where is the third recipe?
    Your cookies are as good as your beads are cute!


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